Justice Dale Sandstrom, '75, retires from 24 years on the bench of the North Dakota Supreme Court
Editors Note: It is with great pride and gratitude that we, the students, faculty and staff at the University of North Dakota wish Justice Sandstrom the best in his retirement. Your law school is proud of all you have accomplished, and we thank you for the years of service you have given to the State of North Dakota, its citizens and to the UND School of Law. You have been an invaluable resource to countless students and faculty through the years and will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Justice Sandstrom's last day on the bench
Thursday marked Dale Sandstrom's last day on the bench as a Justice of the Supreme Court. He retires at the end of the year after 24 years on the Court. He is the seventh-longest-serving Justice since statehood.
Dale Sandstrom started in the State Capitol in July 1975 as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Allen I. Olson. When Olson was elected Governor in 1980, Sandstrom served as legal counsel for his transition, and then as a member of his Cabinet as State Securities Commissioner. In 1983, Olson appointed Sandstrom to fill a vacancy on the Public Service Commission. Sandstrom was elected to the Commission in 1984 and 1990.
In 1992, Sandstrom was elected to an unexpired term on the Supreme Court, taking office on Dec. 31. He was reelected to ten-year terms in 1996 and 2006.
With more than 33 years in elected statewide office, Justice Sandstrom is the seventh-longest-serving state official elected statewide since statehood. He has served more than 41 years in state public office, elected and appointed.
Justice-elect Jerod Tufte will succeed Sandstrom on Jan. 1.
Dale V. Sandstrom is a fifth-generation North Dakotan. He was born March 9, 1950, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and attended the Fargo school system. He received his B.A. degree from North Dakota State University and in 1975 received his juris doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law. He worked for the United States Senate under Senator Milton R. Young; served on the staff of the North Dakota Criminal Justice Commission; and served as an Assistant Attorney General for six years, heading the Consumer Fraud and Antitrust Division. In 1981, Governor Allen I. Olson named him State Securities Commissioner. Effective May 5, 1983, he was appointed to the Public Service Commission. In 1984 and 1990 he was elected to six-year terms on the Commission, and he served two terms as President of the Commission. In 1992, he was elected Justice of the Supreme Court, assuming office on December 31, 1992. He was reelected to ten-year terms in 1996 and in 2006. Justice Sandstrom is a graduate of the National Judicial College. He chairs the Joint Procedure Committee and the North Dakota Advisory Commission on Cameras in the Courtroom, and is a member of the Joint Committee on Attorney Standards. He is past chair of the Court Technology Committee, the North Dakota Judicial Conference, and the North Dakota Judges Association. He is married to District Judge Gail Hagerty. They have three children.
KFYR: North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Dale Sandstrom to retire